A resident-run 501(c)3  organization dedicated to providing outreach, advocacy and case management expertise to New Orleans’ Lower 9th Ward community.


We advocate for affordable homeownership and resident-driven redevelopment through personalized case management, public policy recommendations, and community action. 


The House the 9 Program provides policy and case management expertise for still-displaced Lower 9th Ward homeowners who want to return home.

If you are interested in social and housing justice or disaster rebuilding and urban planning, please consider supporting our work.

The Lower 9th Ward Homeownership Association exists to build the future of the Lower 9th Ward through affordable homeownership and the resident-run redevelopment of our historic community.

Thank You!

At our monthly community meeting in October 2017, Ms. Dennette Gentry stood up and told her neighbors she was about to lose her home—the home where her grandmother raised her after her mother died when she was five years old—at tax sale. We at the Lower 9th Ward Homeownership Association (L9WHA) immediately took her case and discovered the city had made a whole series of mistakes—including sending notices to deceased people and charging

unconstitutional fees. We filed for a Temporary Restraining Order on the morning she was scheduled to lose her home. The judge halted the transfer, and the next day the city cancelled the sale!

Without the generosity of our supporters throughout the city and the country, Ms. Gentry would now be homeless. Instead, thanks to you, she will be celebrating Christmas in the home that has been her safe haven since childhood.

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Ms. Gentry at a community meeting, sharing her good news with her neighbors.

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5234 N. Claiborne Ave.

New Orleans, LA 70117

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